Goodnight Moon


At bedtime each night, I step outside to say goodnight to the moon and its Creator. God is always there, but the moon is sometimes otherwise engaged; on those nights I send it a text. My favorites are the nights in which God has arranged the moon in a moody, mysterious “there’s more going on than you know” display. (For starters, it’s more than “just a rock in orbit,” in the same sense that van Gogh’s Starry Night is more than “just pigment on canvas.”)

If you’re reading this at bedtime, consider these pictures (taken with my faithful phone) my goodnight message to you. And remember:

There’s more going on than we know.


Here are a few quotes to enliven your night:

  “His throne is established for ever, his witness the moon in the sky.”   ~Psalm 89:37

“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”  ~W. Clement Stone  (Actually, Clement, the nearest star is 93 million miles farther than the moon, so that’s pretty unlikely. But, hey, nice sentiment.)

“Oh, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon that monthly changes in her circled orb, lest that thy love prove likewise variable.”  ~Shakespeare

“Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other.”  ~Sojourner Truth

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21 Responses to Goodnight Moon

  1. Laura Jinkins says:

    My daughter loves the sun and I love the moon. I’m so grateful the Lord made them both, that they should bring joy to us and so many others. Thank you for a lovely post.

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  2. Laurie Welch says:

    Very nice, Mitch. I love when the moon rises through the clouds. The tiny, thin crescent moon is my mojo, though, my wonder and gratitude that God brings such beauty in the world each month.

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  3. Amazing pics from your phone! The wonders of the universe are amazing….like some of the photos from the Hubble telescope! Thank you!

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  4. I love how you wrote: “There’s more going on than we know.” So beautiful. And so compelling. I do the same thing at night. Looking up at the moon reminds me of how we’re all connected. No matter where we are. On Earth. In Heaven. We are all one.

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  5. Because there is so much that I don’t know I have reason to keep on learning and living. Maybe what I don’t know today will encourage me tomorrow. Nice post, Mitch. Thanks

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  6. prinxy says:

    The Moon is always Beautiful, It knows it’s Time and It’s kind of Light is calm. Wonderful Post

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  7. Jeni Love says:

    I love how you intertwine Shakespeare quotes with passages from the bible to describe how the moon moves you. Beautiful 🙏🏻❤️

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  8. Jennie says:

    Mitch, this is one great post! On the playground at school, as soon as the time changes, we watch the moon each late afternoon. It is a beautiful miracle. Massachusetts is so far east; we get an earlier sunset in the winter. It is a joy for discovery and much conversation with my preschoolers. Of course I read “Goodnight Moon” every day at rest, before chapter reading. The moon is a good thing!


  9. 💜 thank you. I love the moon, I’ve alwatys had a powerful connection to it. Tonight it is obscured by a hurricane, but even that wasn’t enough to prevent me from seeing it, thanks to your post 💜.

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  10. Paula says:

    No matter the shape of the moon–fingernail clipping to fully rounded orb–my eyes are always drawn to it. Thanks for this quietly energizing post. A psalm, Shakespeare and Sojourner. Extremely quotable.
    I live in Battle Creek MI, where Sojourner Truth eventually made her home and is buried.
    God bless you, Mitch.

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  11. There is more going on than we know and it is bigger than our minds can contain. We only have to do our little bit in the grand scheme.

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  12. Not only the title of my children’s favorite book, oh so many moons ago (pun intended), but also one of my favorite things to go. Growing up on the ocean, it was a nightly tradition for many people to go down to the same beach and watch the sunset. Farewell to another day. A time to reflect, and thank God for all HE had done, and given, and most of all to acknowledge HIM as creator God. When I moved away from the beach, I lost that tradition, and that time to stop and reflect and be thankful. Yes, the mountains have beautiful sunsets, but I was not intentional about going out to watch each and every one. My new tradition is to go out and look at the stars and moon. It’s a different experience, as it is solitude, and doesn’t last for a long period. Frankly, some winter nights are just too cold to stand outside for very long, but it’s all about the stopping, watching, waiting and thanking. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, photos and wonder!

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  13. Roos Ruse says:

    Glad I saved this email to read and enjoy when I catch up with my life. Beautiful work and amazing photos from my favorite Thinker of Stuff.

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